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Gettysburg Heritage Center

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Address: 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (Formerly American Civil War Museum)
Phone Number:
+1 717-334-6245
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description:

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg...

Discover... The Town, The People, Their Stories.

Bordering the Gettysburg National Military Park battlefield, the Heritage Center is an educational and entertaining museum for families and tour groups of all ages. Learn what the Battle of Gettysburg meant to the people who lived here during the war.

Utilizing artifacts, historical documents, interactive displays, and 3-D productions, visitors will gain a better understanding of the events that took place in the town before, during and after the battle. Find out how the people reacted to the invasion of the town - freeze, flee or fight? Hear accounts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time when their home was in turmoil.

Located in the lobby of the Gettysburg Heritage Center is one of the largest and extensive gift stores. Offering a wide selection of books, apparel, gifts, collectibles, games & toys, replica weapons and much more! There is something for everyone at the Gettysburg Heritage Center!

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Once inside and walking thru the exhibits I could tell it was unique. I have visited all the local museum. This give a local pitch and history of war you are not use to reading... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Once inside and walking thru the exhibits I could tell it was unique. I have visited all the local museum. This give a local pitch and history of war you are not use to reading. It's about the town of Gettysburg & its people. Great exhibit.

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Stephanie L, General Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit with us! Please be sure to stop back and see us again! Thank you! Stephanie More 

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a terrific museum. Explains how the conflict affected the every day citizens of Gettysburg in a personal way, with life-size exhibits...Even if you know the battle well, you will learn a lot of details and background you didn't know before..

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Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you for the wonderful review! We've worked hard to create a museum that tells a different story of the battle, beyond the soldiers and the three days of fighting. Thank you again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this new museum. The movie is very good and presents the three day battle very well without too much detail. The displays were well done and gave a good understanding of what the town was like for the residents who lived there during the time of the battles and afterward.

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Stephanie L, Manager at Gettysburg Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thank you Kathy for the great review! It is important that we have good balance in telling the story; enough to cover the subject, but not too overwhelming. We appreciate your feedback! Please stop back and see us again! Thank you!! More 

Hudson,N.H.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

We found this museum in the area a little different than most.It showed things about and including the citizens of Gettysburg during and aftermath of the 3 day battle.Granted the battle was horrific,but imagine the poor residents caught in the middle. This museum tells some of those stories as well as of the battle itself. A must see when in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

We lived at the quality inn so this was great place to start our experience. We got up in the morning got breakfast and headed across the street to the heritage center. The staff is very helpful and sincere. We started off with the documentary which gives us a good idea of what the battle strategy was and also has... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

I first I thought "just another museum" but I saw the center had a different look from the Civil War such as the civilian side of the war. Its interactive and the short films are interesting which also shows the horror of the war. The film at the end was informative but they have a life size diorama at the... More 

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

My husband and myself went to the Gettysburg Heritage Center with a voucher off Groupon. Not sure if they repeat this Groupon, but if so buy it because not only do you get discounted entry you also get a free gift. Our free gift consisted of a tote bag, book, and poster - kids would love it. The museum is... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Definitely make this a stop before going to the battle field in person. It will give you a great over view and is good to see in combination with the presentation at the Gettysburg Visitors Center.

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

Had been to the gift shop before, but this was first visit to the museum since they remodeled. What was different about this museum is that it mainly shows the battle from the local's perspective. Most museums tend to focus on the military aspects of the battle. The cellar exhibit was particularly moving. You really get the feeling that you're... More 

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Monongahela, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Nice shop with very informative museum, few 3D photos and also few films. The basement area showed how the folks had to hide from the soldiers and was quite informative. Worth the visit clerks were very friendly

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